Originally released back in 1999, musician, painter, actor, director, and producer John Lurie delivers this masterpiece of a record by way of his half-Malian, half-Jewish alter ego, Marvin Pontiac. Written and performed by Lurie and featuring Evan Lurie, John Medeski, Kenny Wollesen, G. Calvin Weston, Marc Ribot and Tony Garnier, this is the first time The Legendary Marvin Pontiac's Greatest Hits has ever been available on vinyl! The package is beautifully redesigned with a jacket designed by John Lurie featuring a detail of one of his paintings.
Marvin Pontiac was an enigmatic genius of modern music. He was the son of an African father from Mali and a white Jewish mother from New York. And he was dead, having been killed by a bus. Jackson Pollock listened solely to Marvin. Flea, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Iggy Pop, Beck, Angelique Kidjo, Mike Gordon and Michael Stipe were fans. John Lurie's story was hilarious and his music was extraordinary. The whole thing was characteristically ahead of its time and guaranteed to leave a permanent mark on your consciousness. And it still is!
"A dazzling collection! It strikes me that Pontiac was so uncontainably prescient that one might think that these tracks had been assembled today." – David Bowie
"In my formative years, as an aspiring bass player, there was nothing I listened to more than Marvin Pontiac." – Flea
"The innovation and possibility in this music leaves me speechless." – Beck
"A true genius, Marvin was a pure original." – Iggy Pop
"A revelation." – Leonard Cohen